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London River (2009)

Brenda Blethyn , Sotigui Kouyate , Rachid Bouchareb  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brenda Blethyn, Sotigui Kouyate, Francis Magee, Sami Bouajila
  • Directors: Rachid Bouchareb
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Cinema Libre Studio
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2012
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,034 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Set against the backdrop of the July 7th terrorist attacks in 2005, LONDON RIVER follows Elizabeth (BAFTA winner, Academy Award® nominee Brenda Blethyn) from a small farming community in Guernsey as she travels to London in the immediate aftermath of the bombings after failing to hear from her daughter. Elizabeth is disturbed by the confusion of the metropolis and above all, by the predominantly Muslim neighborhood where her daughter lived. Her fear and prejudice escalate when she discovers her daughter was converting to Islam as she keeps crossing paths with Ousmane (Berlin's Silver Bear winner, Sotigui Kouyaté), a West African who has come from France to find his missing son. Although they come from very different backgrounds, Elizabeth and Ousmane share the same hope of finding their children alive. Putting aside their cultural differences, they give each other the strength to continue the search and maintain their faith in humanity.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two well apart worlds united by a common destiny! September 15, 2011
After the crude aftermath of 07/07/05 in London, Elzabeth (Brenda Bleythin)who works as farmer in Guernsey, devout Christian decides to go London after failing to hear from her daughter. On the other hand Ousmane (Sotigui Kouyate) is a West African Muslim who has come from France to find his missing son.

Both parents are unknowingly inextricably linked by the traps of destiny and will face more call the tragedy of racial prejudice or religious beliefs.

A concise and memorable film, where nothing is reiterative, which had a flawless script, masterful performances and superb direction both behind the scenes of Bouhareb Rachid.

A bold, stark and bleak movie that takes a tiny portion of this collective tragedy that rocked the city of London in that fateful year.

You can not ignore one of the thirty best films of this decade for the world. I recommend it widely.

P.D. This film deserved to Sotigui Konyaté the Silver Bear Prize as Best Actor 2009. And at the same time, was his last film, due he passed away in 2010.
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Directed by Rachid Bouchareb, this movie is set in England during and following the bus bombings of July seventh, 2005. A long widowed mother, Elisabeth (Brenda Blethyn) has been watching the happenings on her television during the day, leaving messages for her daughter, Jane, to call her back. Where is her daughter who is prompt in returning calls?

Elisabeth lives in the lush countryside by the river on a small farm. She spends her days doing many different things with tending to her animals and with her church activity. She frequents the cemetery where her husband, William, has been laid to rest after his service in the war. She talks to him as if they were carrying on a conversation and also sees her brother Edward at the farm. Hers is a simple but fulfilling life.

A lone man, Ousmane (Sotigui Kouyate), has traveled from Africa fifteen years prior, now residing in France although has journeyed to London. He has come to look for his son Ali, after the bombing has caused him to go missing. Ousmane had promised his wife that he will find and return him to his family in Africa. Ousmane and his wife live separate lives, although their son is first priority.

Elisabeth becomes more and more desperate while waiting for the phone to ring with Jane safely on the line, although no call comes for her. The next morning she quickly goes into London to her daughter's flat. Jane is not there and hasn't been since the day before. Elisabeth starts the necessary steps to search for her daughter while during this time Ousmane is doing the same for his son Ali.

The movie poses: How in the world does this unlikely pair meet to search for their children? What do they find alike in each other? Along with, Could it be possible to not find their children alive?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brenda Blethyn Shines Bright! October 6, 2012
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This a wonderful and touching movie and Brenda Blethyn is the reason! Although a difficult and painful story to watch, it is filled with emotion, warmth and love. Truly a must see!
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3.0 out of 5 stars London Missing July 21, 2012
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This is a suspenseful story that moves @ a snail's pace. There are plenty of misunderstandings, stereotypes & mistrust to get through. You really must understand British ladies of a certain age to figure out why she seems to be so obtuse.
This movie makes you think...a lot. Well written & acted, just slow on the uptake-keep with it, you'll be rewarded in the end.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Triumph of humanity March 10, 2012
Great performances by Brenda Bleythin and late Sotigui Konyaté.

A beautiful depiction of a father and a mother, trying to understand the world their kids live(d) in, in horrible circumstances.

Bigger message is that with lots of things trying to tear us apart, our humanity keeps us together. In fact we don't have a choice but to understand each other and live together.

Ask your library to get a copy for you!
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